This Brookings article summarizes findings from an evaluation by D.C. consultancy Optimal Solutions Group on the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)'s Regional Cluster Initiatives program. This study, now available on our website, examines the first two years of the SBA’s 10 cluster pilots of regional innovation clusters and advanced defense technologies. The initial evidence is compelling. This modestly-sized competitive grant program has not only led to a smooth startup of initiatives, but also surprisingly quick and robust impact on local networking and exchanges, supply chain integration, and new technology development.
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